Lafayette City Championship 2016

Win bragging rights and get your name on a giant old trophy.

Date: Saturday December 3rd, 2016
Tournament type: 3-round swiss
Time control: TBD; Possibly 120m/5s delay
Time: Sat. 8:30am
Entry fee: $50
Location: Best Western, 125 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.


Louisiana Open 2016

The Louisiana Open tournament will be held in Lafayette on May 28-29. With several players already committed, we are expecting a large turnout this year!

Dates: May 28-29, 2016
Tournament type: 5-round swiss
Time control: 120m/5s delay;  1st round: 75m/5s
Rounds: Sat. 10:00, 1:30, 6:00;  Sun. 9:00, 1:00
Byes: One half-point bye if requested before second round
Prize pool: 70% returned;  1st $200, 2nd $150;  3 persons in each class or combined.
Entry fee: $70
Location: Best Western, 125 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Room rate: TBA; Reference Lafayette Chess Club & the Louisiana Open
On-site registration: Saturday 8:30-9:45 am
Online registration: Coming soon
Electronics policy: No electronic devices of any kind in tournament hall;  No cell phones, no MonRois, no iPads or tablets, no cellphone watches, no hearing aides, etc. Medically approved hearing aids may be used with supporting medical documentation.


Lafayette Native Ben Bailey Wins State Championship

Congratulations to National Master Ben Bailey for winning the 2015 Louisiana State Championship! He finished with 6.0 points out of 7.0.


Lafayette Open: James Patrick MacManus Memorial

The Lafayette Open tournament will be held in memory of James Patrick MacManus.

Dates: Oct 17-18, 2015
Tournament type: 5-round swiss
Time control: 120m/5s delay;  1st round: 75m/5s
Rounds: Sat. 10:00, 1:30, 6:00;  Sun. 9:00, 1:00
Byes: One half-point bye if requested before second round
Prize pool: 70% returned;  1st $200, 2nd $150;  3 persons in each class or combined.
Entry fee: $70
Location: Best Western, 125 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Room rate: $99;  reference Lafayette Chess Club & the Lafayette Open: James Patrick MacManus Memorial
On-site registration: Saturday 8:30-9:45 am
Contact: Tommy LeBlanc, (337) 981-1821
Electronics policy: No electronic devices of any kind in tournament hall;  No cell phones, no MonRois, no iPads or tablets, no cellphone watches, no hearing aides, etc. Medically approved hearing aids may be used with supporting medical documentation.


James Patrick MacManus

August 29, 2015

This morning the Lafayette Chess Club lost our president and longest standing member, James Patrick MacManus. He will be dearly missed. James P. MacManus obituary



Louisiana Open 2015

April 9, 2015

The distinguished Louisiana Open tournament will be held in Lafayette on May 23-24. Widely considered the Wimbledon of chess in Louisiana, the tournament is expected to draw a competitive showing. Mark your calendars!

Dates: May 23-24, 2015
Tournament type: 5-round swiss
Time control: 120m/5s delay;  1st round: 75m/5s
Rounds: Sat. 10:00, 1:30, 6:00;  Sun. 9:00, 1:00
Byes: One half-point bye if requested before second round
Prize pool: 70% returned;  1st $200, 2nd $150;  3 persons in each class or combined.
Entry fee: $70
Location: Best Western, 125 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Room rate: $99;  reference Lafayette Chess Club & the Louisiana Open
On-site registration: Saturday 8:30-9:45 am
Online registration: Coming soon
Electronics policy: No electronic devices of any kind in tournament hall;  No cell phones, no MonRois, no iPads or tablets, no cellphone watches, no hearing aides, etc. Medically approved hearing aids may be used with supporting medical documentation.


New Orleans Pro-Am Tournament Results

March 17, 2015  -  Tommy LeBlanc

Ben Bailey, Tommy LeBlanc, Paul Walton, Samuel Ekhaeyemhe, & Abayomi Ogayemi represented Lafayette in the 2015 Pro-Am tournament in New Orleans. With 54 players total, our very own Ben Bailey took 1st overall, finishing with 4.5 points. Walton took 2nd place under 1600, and Ogayemi placed 4th overall in the Amateur section and won the unrated class. Congrats to all!
The results of the tournament can be seen here. Picture.

Results of the Lafayette Open

The Lafayette Open had a good turnout last weekend. The big winner was Atul Kannan with 4½ points, which included a half-point bye. Taking 1st in class A was Frank Brack, with Polk and LeBlanc tying for 2nd. In class B, Ken Eddy took 1st place, followed by Crochet and Wayne Broussard tying for 2nd.

The games can be viewed online here. There are three games missing. If you have a scoresheet for a missing game, feel free to email it to us.


The 2014 Lafayette Open is this weekend, December 13-14

The annual Lafayette Open begins on Saturday. It is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2350 West Congress St. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the entry fee is $70.

Three rounds will be held on Saturday at 10 am, 1:30 pm, 6 pm, and two rounds Sunday at 9 am and 1 pm. One half-point bye is available if requested before round 2. The time control for rounds 2-5 will be 120 minutes with a 5 second delay.


Congrats to Tommy LeBlanc, winner of the 2014 City Championship

Tommy LeBlanc takes home the coveted silver cup once again! With a solid 2.5 points, LeBlanc secured the trophy on tiebreaks. Coming in a close second place was Will Lanigan who also scored 2.5 points.

After LeBlanc and Lanigan both steamrolled their first two opponents, they faced off against eachother for a third round showdown for all the marbles. The two competitors played into a Richter-Veresov Attack opening. Tommy needed only a draw to secure the championship, and a draw is what he got. Check out that game and all of the others here.

LeBlanc has skyrocketed his rating over the past year from ~1600 to a respectable mid-1800's and on his way to the expert level. Will anyone be able to stop this guy? Well, they'll get their chance this weekend (December 13th) at the annual Lafayette Open. More info to come on that tournament.